The All Blacks made it 16 consecutive Test victories by beating the Springboks 32-16 in a dominant performance in Soweto on Saturday.
The bonus-point victory underlined New Zealand's status as the best side in the world as they finished the Rugby Championship in dominant fashion.
The home side took a slender lead into the break, but could not score any points in the second half as the All Blacks showed their class to pull away and secure what was ultimately a comfortable victory.
The Springboks made the early running but did not manage to capitalise as young flyhalf Johan Goosen missed his first two kicks at goal.
However, the home side kept the pressure on and managed to open the scoring when Bryan Habana finished off a great set move from a line-out to score under the poles.
That lead was stretched to 10-0 when Goosen knocked over a penalty from in front of the poles as the Boks made their territorial dominance count.
The All Blacks hit back when a flowing movement from a quick line-out resulted in lock Sam Whitelock going over in the corner to make it 10-5.
The visitors continued to send the ball wide and they managed to expose the Bok defence and take the lead when Hosea Gear broke the line and put Aaron Smith over for a try under the poles.
They did not have the lead for long as Elton Jantjies, who replaced the injured Goosen at flyhalf, knocked over two penalties which gave the Boks the 16-12 lead they took into the half-time break.
The All Blacks stunned the crowd at the start of the second half when they won the restart back and sent it down the backline to Israel Dagg who broke the line and offloaded to Kieran Read. The big No.8 found Ma'a Nonu on his shoulder and the centre charged over for a try which put his team 19-16 ahead.
The Boks regrouped and created some pressure in opposition territory, but could not take advantage as Jantjies missed two kicks at goal, and they were made to pay for it when Conrad Smith dived over for the bonus-point try which put his side firmly in control at 26-16.
A drop-goal from Carter extended that lead and with a 13-point defecit the Boks were faced with the task of scoring two converted tries in the last 15 minutes to win the game.
They were handed a lifeline when Dagg was shown a yellow card for repeated infringements at the breakdown, but could not take advantage and the All Blacks were able to make the game safe when Carter knocked over another penalty to make it 32-16.
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For South Africa:
Pens: Goosen, Jantjies 2
For New Zealand:
Tries: Whitelock, A Smith, Nonu, C Smith
Cons: Carter 3
Yellow card: Israel Dagg (repeated infringements, 65 mins)
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 François Hougaard, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 François Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Elton Jantjies, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Pat Lambie.
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock , 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Tamati Ellison.
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Greg Garner (England)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
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